SOMERSET director of cricket Matthew Maynard is to leave his position at the end of the current season, the club have announced.

A statement released after the close of play on day three against Middlesex said: "Somerset County Cricket Club’s annual Cricket Review was recently completed in order to fully understand the effectiveness of the existing cricket structure.

"This review identified shortcomings within the structure, and in particular the limitations presented by having one individual combining the dual roles of Director of Cricket and Head Coach.

"The decision has therefore been taken to separate these two roles, and this change will see Matt Maynard’s amicable departure from the Club.

Commenting on this announcement, Somerset CEO Lee Cooper said: “Following this comprehensive review of our cricket structure, it has become very clear that the existing structure is not as effective as it needs to be.

"The role of Director of Cricket is very different to that of Head Coach and we have recognised this and it’s for this reason we’re making the change.

“With a change of structure comes a change of personnel and we are parting company with Matt on very amicable terms.

"He has worked tremendously hard for Somerset County Cricket Club during his tenure and we unreservedly thank him for his contribution.

“During Matt’s time with the Club we have seen the emergence of several high quality young players and his commitment to the cause has been absolute.

"I have no doubt that we will see him back in the game again soon and everyone associated with the Club wishes Matt and his family the very best for the future.”

Commenting on his departure, Matt said: “”It will be with a heavy heart when I leave this unique cricket club after the End of Season Dinner. 

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years in Taunton and would like to thank all the players, support staff, committee and Members for their support during my tenure.

"We came so close to securing the Holy Grail last season, but it was not to be.

"With the enormously talented young players at the Club, along with the quality senior players, I’m sure success and silverware will come in the not too distant future”

Somerset County Cricket Club will announce a new Director of Cricket and Head Coach shortly."

Maynard joined the club ahead of the 2015 season, which saw the club finish in sixth place in the County Championship but fall at the group stage in both limited overs competitions.

The 2016 campaign was undoubtedly the highlight of the former England batsman's tenure, as he led Somerset to within touching distance of their first ever County Championship title and was rewarded with an extended contract.

This season, however, has not gone so smoothly and, though Somerset look well placed to secure their Division One survival, it has not been enough to save Maynard's position.

Somerset supporters have been reacting to the news on social media.